Microbiology and Immunology

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Edited By: Shigetada Kawabata, Takaji Wakita and Yasunobu Yoshikai

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ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2013: 95/119 (Microbiology); 127/144 (Immunology)

Online ISSN: 1348-0421

Virtual Special Issue on Pathogenic E. coli

This Virtual Issue features a selection of previously published articles that deal with the pathogenic E. coli strains from the aspect of development of detection/identification techniques as well as analyses of their pathogenicity which would serve as valuable and helpful information for you.

Escherichia coli is a predominant type of facultative anaerobe in the normal colon flora. Particular groups, including enterohemorrhagic E. coli (EHEC), uropathogenic E. coli (UPEC) and diffusely adherent E. coli (DAEC), are known to cause sepsis, urinary tract infections and diarrheal diseases. Varied virulence factors are employed by these bacteria and pathogenic mechanisms also vary among them. 

It is thus important to implement comprehensive research to explore advancement of techniques and to elucidate comparative mechanisms by which bacteria induce infections.

The April 2011 Issue (Vol. 55 No.4) also publishes the latest Original Article by Dr José Luis Baronetti et al. to elucidate mechanisms of apoptosis induction by Shiga toxin-producing E. coli in several cell types.

Rapid culture-free identification and molecular typing of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli by PCR-RFLP
Kensuke Shima, Naohisa Kawamura, Atsushi Hinenoya, Norihiko Sugimoto, Yuluo Wu, Masahiro Asakura, Kazuhiko Nishimura, Gopinath B. Nair and Shinji Yamasaki

Production and characterization of rabbit polyclonal sera against Shiga toxins Stx1 and Stx2 for detection of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli
Meire R. B. Mendes-Ledesma, Letícia B. Rocha, Vanessa Bueris, Gladys Krause, Lothar Beutin, Marcia R. Franzolin, Luiz R. Trabulsi, Waldir P. Elias and Roxane M. F. Piazza

EspJ effector in enterohemorrhagic E. coli translocates into host mitochondria via an atypical mitochondrial targeting signal
Jun Kurushima, Takeshi Nagai, Kanna Nagamatsu and Akio Abe

Escherichia coli outer membrane protease OmpT confers resistance to urinary cationic peptides
Chang-Ye Hui, Yan Guo, Qiu-Shan He, Liang Peng, Shu-Chi Wu, Hong Cao and Sheng-He Huang

Interleukin-8 induction due to diffusely adherent Escherichia coli possessing Afa/Dr genes depends on flagella and epithelial Toll-like receptor 5
Kentaro Arikawa and Yoshikazu Nishikawa

New system for multilocus variable-number tandem-repeat analysis of the enterohemorrhagic Escherichia coli strains belonging to three major serogroups: O157, O26, and O11
Hidemasa Izumiya, Yingxin Pei, Jun Terajima, Makoto Ohnishi, Tetsuya Hayashi, Sunao Iyoda and Haruo Watanabe